The Charbaums very kindly put up their land for a party; the usual gang of well loved friends was there, as was a proper portable Finnish sauna. Yay is for Jarmo. Mike and I slipped away at midnight; he had to go look after his Spuddy-buddy. I could have spent the night, but I didn’t want Mike driving back by himself. No, he wasn’t impaired; he’d quit drinking around 8:30; I wanted him to have the company on the long drive back.
The downside is that somehow, probably because I was sitting in Very Bad Chairs, I have put my hip out very badly. I suspect this is actually referred back pain. I am stumping round like an old lady. Jeff will be back with pain killers and milk shortly, and then I’ll make brekky and start laundry and all that domestic style stuff.
I got to meet Braden, Jerome and Shannon’s baby. Never in my life have I seen a 15 day old child with that much blonde hair. We’re not talking that flossy blonde hair you get on babies, this is like Spike’s do in Buffy, and there is SO much. I got to see Sarah and Ian’s young pjokk, and had a boo at Vijay’s two gorgeous boys (oldest is 8 already… and I can remember Vijay going through hell trying to get Lakshmi into the country… how long ago it seems) and then there was Elise and Arden (Elise is heartbreakingly gorgeous at almost three) and there were Sigrin and Lobo and Max the dogs, and Ariel, Megan’s daughter, in pre med at UBC while her parents explode with pride. Jenn and Rob, Kyi and May were there… Wally …. Tom U… Otto… Mike of course and Jim E., all the good folks. Jarmo and Susana, without the boys. Remember when the boys locked me in the outhouse? How long ago that was. Brian said friends and relatives he hadn’t seen in years were there; he was a little overwhelmed.
Next Friday is Sarah’s last at Xantrex. I’m going to the golf course to see her off.
We didn’t have a campfire…. we respected the fire ban and used a portable campstove on ‘simmer’ for a fire. A beautiful, happy, mellow time was had by all. Yes, I went in the sauna; yes, I let Jarmo beat me with hot wet birch branches. It felt UNBELIEVABLY GOOD. Especially on my back. It was so funny sitting outside the tent and listening to other folks get whacked… the noises! People might have gotten the wrong idea…..
Storm Brewing Keg. Jarmo fries. Nuff said.
This really cheeses me off. The article says that the Pew Survey identifies under two percent each for Americans identifying as atheist or agnostic. But if you look at the survey the total percentage of atheist, agnostic and nothing in particular is over 16%, much more in line with my own anecdotal observation that about 20% of the population is unchurched and lovin’ it. This survey is the kind of thing that could cause theists to believe that atheists should shut up as they are less than three percent of the population.
I would LOVE to see a properly constructed survey for Canada.